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Construction on the North Dakota Access oil pipeline is at a standstill. Last Friday, the federal government withdrew its construction permits for a portion of the pipeline that would pass under the Missouri River and possibly impact Native American graves and sacred sites.

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There is hot water under the town of Rico, but using it for geothermal development would be expensive.

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The Four Corners Power Plant on the Navajo Nation in northern New Mexico was evacuated Thursday because of a chemical fire.

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Thanks to low crude-oil and natural-gas prices, every drilling rig in the San Juan Basin is sitting idle. The Farmington Daily-Times reports that for 20 months, energy companies in San Juan County, New Mexico, have been scrambling to survive, but the oil and gas downturn is the worst in more than a generation. The Daily-Times says energy-company officials believe even when prices rise again, it will be a long time before large-scale drilling can resume.

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An advocacy group for the energy industry is asking the director of the Bureau of Land Management not to cancel an oil and gas lease sale for three parcels near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico.